We also have the pleasure of hearing, and seeing, other readers interpret the work of authors we love, such as the perfect confluence of text and voice in the Tom Waits’ reading of Charles Bukowski’s “The Laughing Heart,” below. Other notable poetry readings by someone other than the author include James Earl Jones’ rendition of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” and Allen Ginsberg’s reading—or singing, rather—of the poetry of William Blake . And while poetry should always be read aloud, it can be equally revelatory to hear great prose works read, by their authors and others.
At the age of 31, Milne married Daphne de Selincourt, a 23 year old pretty, affluent women. Shortly after their marriage World War I broke out and, despite opposing war, Milne enlisted in the army. He served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and was stationed in France. He was sent home for having very serious trench fever, which comes from lice (Hunter). However, he was then recruited by Military Intelligence to write articles in favor of the war (Finch). Sixteen years later he wrote about how war was intolerable in a piece called "War with Honour" (Thwaite).